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The Little Professor

Things Victorian and academic.

Published: 2017-12-10T19:43:51-05:00


The Crown


The second season of The Crown might just as well have been subtitled "The Americans are coming!" Not that the season is all Yanks, all the time (or even most of the time), mind you, only that one catches slow...

This Week's Acquisitions


Helen Maria Williams, Julia, ed. Natasha Duquette (Pickering & Chatto, 2010). Reprint of Williams' 1790 response to Jean-Jacques Rousseau. (Amazon [secondhand]) W. Carus Wilson, Youthful Memoirs (American Sunday School Union, 1830). US reprint of Wilson's collection of spiritual biographies for...

This Week's (Belated) Acquisitions


Sophie Cottin, Elizabeth; Or, the Exiles of Siberia. A Tale Founded Upon Facts (John Sharpe, 1817). Early English translation of Cottin's 1806 novel about a young girl trying to rescue her father. (eBay) Emily Brodie, Jean Lindsay, the Vicar's Daughter...

Maud Hamilton; Or, Self-Will and Its Consequences


Since there have been novels, there have been other novels warning that novels are dangerous. Such is the case with Mary Agatha Pennell's Catholic novel Maud Hamilton; Or, Self-Will and Its Consequences (1884), which sets itself against insufficiently moralizing books...

This Week's Acquisitions


Geremy Carnes, The Papist Represented: Literature and the English Catholic Community, 1688-1791 (Delaware, 2017). New study of writing by and about Catholics after the Glorious Revolution. (Amazon [secondhand]) Essie Fox, The Last Days of Leda Gray (Orion, 2017). An actress...

This Week's (Belated) Acquisitions


Susan Rivers, The Second Mrs. Hockaday (Alongonquin, 2017). An officer's adolescent wife, left alone while he fights in the Civil War, may have committed infanticide during his absence. (Lift Bridge) Jean Giono, Melville: A Novel, trans. Paul Eprile (NYRB, 2017)....

Brief note: Eva; or, As the Child, So the Woman


I'm in the process of reading through Thomas Richardson's catalog of Catholic fiction, as far as I'm able. As his list consisted primarily of short(er) novels for young people, it's not a hugely onerous project. Alice Ismene O'Neill Daunt, the...

This Week's Acquisitions


Emma Leslie, Quadratus: A Tale of the World in the Church (Nelson & Phillips, 1875). Early Church historical novel set during the 4th century, featuring such luminaries as John Chrysostom, Monica, and a very young (and rather naughty) Augustine. (eBay)...

This Week's (Belated) Acquisitions


David Rocklin, The Night Language (Vireo, 2017). Historical novel based on the experiences of the very short-lived Prince Alamayou (Alemayehu) in England. (Amazon) Gregory Maguire, Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker (Morrow, 2017). Yet another of Maguire's...

*Must* they have?


I am 2/3 of the way through a monograph which argues all its claims by reference to what X "must" have done, or "would" have done, or "may" have done, etc., etc., etc. But why assume that even a highly-cultured...

This Week's Acquisitions


(Several area independent bookshops were hosting a promotional tour this month, so of course...) Ismay Thorn [pseud. Edith Caroline Pollock], Jim (Darton, 1893). One of Thorn's many school stories for boys; this one has a Band of Hope prize label....

Brief note: The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage


At the end of The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman's new prequel to the His Dark Materials trilogy, Pullman quotes not Milton or Blake (the animating poets of the earlier novels) but Spenser. And indeed, most of...

This Week's Acquisitions


Jane Harris, Sugar Money (Faber, 2017). Two slaves owned by a Catholic order are ordered to Grenada on a secret mission to retrieve the order's other slaves, with terrible consequences. Based on a true story. (Amazon UK) Phillip Mallett, ed.,...

Howl! The Annual Horde of Halloween Horrors: Desert Island Edition


It's just you, a desert island, and ten nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century horror stories from the UK and Ireland. Which do you choose? I did my best to throw in a few more unusual choices, but some stories simply refused to...

This Week's (Very Belated) Acquisitions


Helen Oyeyemi, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (Riverhead, 2016). Interconnected short stories in which some things can be opened, some can't, and some shouldn't be. (Free copy) Jane Stafford, Colonial Literature and the Native Author: Indigeneity and Empire...